Expanding Career and Technical Education in Massachusetts
While many point to the need for strong career and technical education, or CTE programs for students, strengthening such pathways can often be a challenge. In Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker is trying to overcome those challenges by providing a one-stop shop for the state’s education, economic development, and workforce training efforts.
Through a new effort called BizWorks, Massachusetts is seeking to bring all related efforts together, under one office, to focus on the future of the state. That includes CTE offerings.
As MassLive noted in reporting the announcement, Massachusetts Secretary of Education Jim Peyser and Gov. Baker have high hopes for the effort:
Peyser said the state is also looking to expand access to vocational and technical schools. Currently, there are thousands of people on waiting lists for vocational schools. Baker said the focus will be on science and engineering and on manufacturing and trades, with a focus on underserved communities. Baker indicated that there could be financial incentives provided by the state to schools that fill certain vocational needs.
It is promising that CTE and vocational and technical schools are playing such a prominent role in the economic future of Massachusetts. Upcoming ERCA data from current CTE students across the nation could help further this effort, ensuring that the needs of both the economy and the student are being met moving forward.
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